London police arrested eight people and interrogated four others following racist statements on the Twitter social network during a Premier League match between Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.
In the match on April 11, an unspecified player was alleged to have been massively racially insulted by one of the two clubs. Manchester United’s reporting tool noticed the incidents, and the club then reported them to the police.
“This move makes it clear that the police will not tolerate racism, even if it is committed online,” said Detective Sergeant Matt Simpson of the Criminal Investigation Department. “The posts in question on Twitter were vulgar and absolutely unacceptable.”
It was only at the end of April that all Premier League clubs and players had given up all social media activities for a weekend in order to send a message against racism.